WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – Waterbury Hospital has announced it is eliminating 80 full-time equivalent employees and closing, reducing, and eliminating other services. The Hospital says the steps are needed to stabilize its financial condition and strengthen the organization for the future.
In a press release issued Thursday, the hospital outlined the following four-part plan:
1) Reducing the workforce through eliminating open positions, eliminating some full- and part-time positions, and reducing hours. One-third of these jobs come from managerial staff, one-third come from union employees and one-third are non-union employees. It is estimated that about 100 people will be impacted from both clinical and non-clinical departments; the total impact will not be known until the labor union “bumping process” is completed.
2) Eliminating and postponing all non-patient care initiatives.
3) Closing services such as community blood draw stations, consolidating some services and physician practices, and making cutbacks in the location and hours of service.
4 Changing the way the hospital operates, including potential outsourcing and collaborative opportunities.
Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, Hospital President and CEO, says “Many people worked tirelessly for countless hours and Waterbury Hospital spent millions of dollars to try and secure our future through a relationship with a strategic partner. Unfortunately, during the two-year period we had been working toward a transaction with Tenet Healthcare, reform and financial pressures accelerated and we must act now.” Strromstad also says “While we are encouraged by Governor Malloy reaching out to Tenet Healthcare for further discussions about re-engaging in the transaction with the Waterbury hospitals, we are taking action today to sustain this hospital’s long-term viability-however painful this may be. We remain resolute in fulfilling our mission of caring for our patients and community, both today and for the future.”